I ventured out on my first run since last Saturday’s Heart & Sole 5k today. I hadn’t really planned on running until later this week, but it was a gorgeous day for a run; sunny with brilliant blue skies, and I couldn’t pass it up.
After taping up my toe, I headed out on my 4 mile loop. The first half mile was pretty rough. My toe felt a little funny, but didn’t really hurt. It is hard to explain, but the best comparison is that it felt like a knuckle that just needed to be cracked. My focus for the first mile was to take it easy and to make sure I wasn’t adjusting my stride to account for the discomfort.
By the time I reached the first mile, the pain had all but disappeared. I was flying high. I felt great. I ran the rest of the way with a huge smile on my face. I probably looked like a total dork. I got to the corner where it was a right turn for 6 miles or left turn for 4. I had to yell at myself and make myself only go 4. I really, really, wanted to go 6, but told myself it probably wasn’t a great idea.
I ended up averaging sub-8 minute miles and was shocked at how good I felt when I got home. Just as I was getting home, Jennie was headed out on her run so I decided to run along with her for her 3 miles. Maybe not the best idea for my first day back, but I couldn’t resist.
I’m still going to take it relatively easy for a while and take at least a day or two off between runs for the next couple of weeks. Official training starts March 28th, so I want to make sure am fully healed by then. I am still continuing to ice my toe at night as well. Overall, I think I have finally turned the corner and should be back to 100% in no time.
Thanks to everyone for all the positive messages and well wishes!